Dall'Igna on efforts to take Ducati back to top

Monday, 30 June 2014

In an interview with Corriere dello Sport, Luigi Dall'Igna - the General Manager of Ducati Corse – has given an insight into how the Italian manufacturer are working towards the next phase of their MotoGP™ project.

Having joined Ducati for the current campaign, Dall'Igna is already stamping his authority on the company’s MotoGP work, with an emphasis having been placed on improving communication between riders, mechanics and engineers.

This is a key point for Ducati as they look to recapture the competitiveness which produced the MotoGP World Championship win with Casey Stoner in 2007.

The arrival of Dall'Igna already appears to be bearing some fruit, with Andrea Dovizioso registering a second podium of the season at Assen.

Speaking to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport the Italian engineer gave an update on Ducati’s current progress and their plans for 2015.

“At Catalunya we made a 26 second improvement, cutting our deficit in half, but of course our rivals improved by 10 seconds themselves compared to last year,” Dall'Igna commented.

The next step of Ducati’s ‘fight back’ has already been prepared with Dall'Igna explaining, “At Sachsenring we are going to use new software which we tested in Barcelona. Then after Brno we’ll have a new fairing, because although aerodynamics are not as crucial in motorcycle racing as F1 it still plays a role.”

Looking ahead to next season Dall'Igna gave an insight into his philosophy and planning for the development of the new GP15 prototype. He stated, “The first step is the engine and we hope to have it for the post-Valencia race test. It will still be a 90 degree engine, but will be smaller, will allow for better set-up and for us to get more from the tyres.”

Indeed, regarding tyres and the change of official supplier to the World Championship for 2016, this is another factor for Dall'Igna to consider. “The return to 17-inch tyres will bring a reshuffle of the cards. Honda and Yamaha are the motorcycles we have to beat. We have to learn from them,” he added.

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